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noun business

or unicorn

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    a start-up company whose value has reached $1 billion or higher in a short space of time

    In little over a year, the number of unicorns has jumped to 80.

    Do you know of other companies that crossed the “unicornline in 2014?

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/05/2015


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platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

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